History Book Reviews (page 936)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 31, 1995

"Probing and yet optimistic, Thompson cuts to the chase of a fevered issue, providing a sound look at what we should and shouldn't be worried about in this complicated debate."
A lucid perspective on the state of congressional ethics by Thompson (Political philosophy/Harvard). Read full book review >
ALL MY SINS ARE RELATIVES by W.S. Penn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1995

"Insightful and elegantly written. (11 photos, not seen)"
A frighteningly perceptive look at the essential dilemmas of mixbloods, academics, and writers from an insider on all counts. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1995

"Although the translation is painfully unidiomatic, Seel's memoir is arresting as personal narrative and as an indictment of the selective French national memory."
An intriguing memoir of life during wartime and after, centering on a seldom discussed aspect of the Nazi agenda. Read full book review >
KONIN by Theo Richmond
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 1995

"This marvelous book revives, just in time, a way of life that, when another generation has passed, will be truly irretrievable. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A stunning recreation of a lost time and placethe Polish shtetl, or village, where Richmond's parents were born, and whose Jewish population was destroyed in the Holocaust. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 1995

"The information superhighway intersects with the Greek ideal of true democracy, and if Grossman is correct, American politics never will be the same."
The former Public Broadcasting Service CEO and NBC News president lets loose with a fusillade of bold predictions on how rapidly advancing communications technology will radically change the public's role in the national political process. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Clifford emerges in the authors' well-told account as an American tragic hero, with all his Greek counterpart's fatal flaws."
New York Times reporter Frantz (From the Ground Up, 1991, etc.) and congressional staffer McKean trace the triumphant and ultimately tragic career of one of the architects of the American Century. Read full book review >
THE WARS OF THE ROSES by Alison Weir
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 1995

"A complicated story brilliantly told, but with few concessions to the general reader. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A highly detailed narrative of 15th-century England's complex dynastic struggles, from their origins in the reign of Edward III to the murder of Henry VI in 1471. Read full book review >
OUR CHANGING WHITE HOUSE by Wendell Garrett
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1995

"A pleasant volume that does perhaps all it needs to do, which is pique curiosity about the dignified building that symbolizes so much to the American peopleand that, with growing security concerns, may become less and less accessible."
This collection of papers on historical aspects of the White House suffers from both a surplus and a deficit of information. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 1995

"For dyed-in-the-wool conservative Republican fans of Senator Alfonse D'Amato only. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A self-aggrandizing, self-righteous attempt by the blustery New York senator to explain his vision of the American political sceneat least as it applies to the life and times of Senator Alfonse D'Amato. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL by Norman Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 1995

"Sifts the old soil quite pleasantly, but doesn't break new ground. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
It's hard to write a bad biography of Churchill but even harder to find something new to say, and historian Rose (Hebrew Univ., Israel) doesn't find much. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"A jaw-dropping account of a tribe who whitened their faces with powder, dressed in feathers, and broke each other's hearts at thÇ-dansants. (b&w photos)"
The madcap '20s, as told by queen of romance Cartland (see also I Reach for the Stars, above, etc., etc., etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"A challenging, elegant exegesis that puts intellectual meat on the bones of Benjamin Franklin's tip to his fellow revolutionaries at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: 'We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.'"
Fukuyama offers a general theory of prosperity that provides provocative answers to certain of the questions he raised in The End of History and the Last Man (1992). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >